Fender Custom Shop 1955 Relic Stratocaster Ltd. Ed. - HLE Gold with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Quartersawn Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Synchronized Tremolo - HLE Gold
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Fender Custom Shop 1955 Relic Stratocaster Ltd. Ed. - HLE Gold with Maple Fingerboard
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Classic Looks, Vintage Sound, and Modern Versatility

Taking you back to the Strat's original era, this Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar gives you the unmistakable tone and hard-fought wear and tear of a vintage instrument. Featuring a lightweight ash body, a trio of hand-wound '55 single-coil pickups, a single-ply 8-hole pickguard, and 5-way switching, this remarkable solidbody electric guitar provides you with loads of legendary tone, along with the modern versatility you demand. At Sweetwater, we quickly took notice of this classic-styled Strat's finer details such as a rock-solid American Vintage synchronized trem, American Vintage tuning machines, and a Custom Shop Limited Edition neck plate. This Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster is a truly stunning solidbody electric guitar.

Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • 1955 single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • Quartersawn neck gives you ultra-stability and ultra-playability
  • Relic finish and hardware for vintage vibe
1955 Single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone

Bell-like, jangly, smooth, and bluesy - ask any seasoned Strat player at Sweetwater, and you'll get slightly different descriptions as to what this iconic guitar is supposed to sound like. Words alone can't capture the sound, but the '55 single-coil Stratocaster pickups that Fender designed for this solidbody electric guitar certainly can. In fact, the only place the Fender Custom Shop went off-book with this 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster was the 5-way blade pickup selector they installed to give you access to those in-between tones early Strat players discovered by accident.

Quartersawn neck gives you ultra-stability and ultra-playability

The neck is one of the most important aspects of any instrument, which is why this Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar features a quartersawn maple neck. Besides looking good, the straight grain of quartersawn necks is about 50% more stable than plain-sawn necks, and less likely to warp, twist or shrink. You'll also love the playability and feel of this 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster's contoured heel when you're playing higher up the fretboard. Down low, your fretting hand will appreciate the 9.5" radius that keeps things nice and comfortable for natural, relaxed arpeggio work.

Relic finish and hardware for vintage vibe

As you can imagine, a true 1955 Strat would show signs of wear and tear, and this Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar is finished to represent those years of playing. The worn finish on the body and neck, and the aged and slightly rusty hardware will make you wonder if it really isn't a true vintage guitar. This 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster is sure to please even the pickiest of guitar lovers.

Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic laquer finish
  • Fender's classic 1954 "U" neck shape serves up outstanding feel
  • 9.5" radius and 6105 (medium jumbo) frets let you bend up high without fretting out
  • 1955 Single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • Modern 5-way switch wiring
  • Blonde LTD hardshell case included containing a 1955 Fender Downbeat catalog insert reproduction
This Fender Custom Shop 1955 Limited Edition Relic Stratocaster is the real deal for vintage Strat fans!

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Color HLE Gold
Neck Material Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape 1954 U
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuners Vintage-style
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup '55 Single-coil Stratocaster
Middle Pickup '55 Single-coil Stratocaster
Bridge Pickup '55 Single-coil Stratocaster
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 9230900898

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